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Vilsack: Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

Ag Secretary Vilsack says the more than 30 countries and dozens of private partners have joined in the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate. The U.S. and United Arab Emirates announced the AIM program at the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Scotland to promote climate-smart solutions that improve profitability and resilience of ag producers.

“The private sector is partnering with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture, for example, in establishing ways to get to net zero (emissions).”

He says major food companies are partnering with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR).

“Major dairy companies and dairy companies in the United States and New Zealand working together to figure out how dairy’s going to ultimately get to a net zero future.”

Vilsack says the program has already garnered $4 Billion of increased investment in climate-smart ag and food systems innovation and they’ve taken President Biden’s challenge to double that from partners over the next year.

At the conference, Vilsack highlighted USDA’s partnerships and initiatives that put ag, forestry and rural communities “at the center of global solutions to the climate crisis.”

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